When Hair is Damaged

There are many people who face the problem of damaged hair and they try to do everything to solve it. New hair care products to try, various supplements to use, lots of money to spend – just to restore damaged hair. After all, it always takes so long to grow new hair.

Damaged hairBut still, the first thing to do about damaged hair is to cut off split ends. Split ends make your hair look unkempt, uncared and generally unattractive. So if you want to have healthy and beautiful hair you have to follow certain rules. Of course, it can be hard to part with your hair, but all in all you don’t have to cut too long:  2-3 cm is usually enough, as this piece of your hair is most damaged.

Then you can make use of hair care products to revitalize your hair and make it look healthier. Remember, there is no product that works wonders just in one day, so you should be patient. You should also experiment with different kinds of hair care products and find the one that suits you at best and that you will use in future. There are products, which are designed for colored, dry and damaged hair. Some products have a smoothing effect. Some are intended for naturally straight or curly hair. It’s quite a wide choice that we have nowadays.

And just one more thing. Try to keep blow dryers and chemical treatments away from your hair. Of course, it’s rather difficult and sometimes impossible to say no to heating and hairstyling tools but extensive use of bleaching can be avoided without much pain. Remember, healthy hair is the most beautiful.

Prevent Hair Loss with Scalp Cooling

Scalp Cooling vs. Hair LossAs you know, cancer patients that under chemotherapy usually lose their hair. It happens because chemotherapy drugs reach hair follicles during the treatment and cause damage to them.

Once of the effective methods to prevent it is the so called scalp cooling. In practice, you put on a special chilled cap that helps scalp blood vessels shrink so they let a less amount of bloodstream through.

As a result, your hair follicles receive less oxygen, less nutrients but at the same time less chemotherapy drugs, and that is the key point here.

Thus, scalp cooling can minimize the damage that can be caused to your hair by drugs and prevent or significantly reduce hair loss. All you need is just to put on the cooling cap for about half and hour before you take in the drugs and in some cases for some time after the treatment, because you scalp should be cooled as long as the drugs stop circulating in your vessels.

For different people this method works differently, but the majority of cancer patients report significant reduce of hair loss with scalp cooling.

History of Hairstyles

Hairstyles throughout history have been ornate, complex, and capable of making powerful statements. They have achieved many goals far greater than just allowing the wearer to look good for the opposite sex. In ancient times, they could signify class and authority, not merely gender and ethnicity. They could be worn by women attempting to reach beyond their roots and culture, or to represent their identity and function within their own social group.

Women with a lot more time on their hands and with financial means were able to employ servants and hairdressers who could create masterpieces that were beyond the normal working woman’s means. Those who had to do the best they could with their own tresses, often came up with styles that were easy to manage and more than appealing to suitors and spouses. Styles emerged in other nations and swept across the oceans, becoming the latest rage. They had to be accepted by royalty, appearing first at court functions where they were admired and copied by the nobility. From there they appeared at musical gatherings and private parties, where they were borrowed and modified by the lower classes.

The woman without means, but still with a strong will and feminine personality, could still choose to avoid a functional shearing, by wearing her hair long, braided, or folded and pinned. There was a lot that the frontier and working woman could accomplish with a minimum of resources and assistance.

Inventions appeared to assist with recurring problems, like the hair straightener, the blow dryer  and the real hair extensions in Melbourne, often when the wearer was attempting to capture a style of those celebrated as more glamorous than herself.

The history of hairstyling goes on and on and new possibilities are being opened all the time.

10 Principles to Avoid Hair Care Problems

In order to ward off hair care problems you are advised to adhere to the following 10 principles:

1. Do not use any fake methods and keep yourself away from using spurious hair care products. Most of such products create only frustrations.

2. Try to leave the cutting demands to your hair care professional.  Do not attempt it yourself.

3. Get away from excess sun, chlorine and saline water in summer.  Unlimited exposure in the sun can create damage  on  your hair, even if you use the best hair care products.

4. You are advised not to use clarifying hair care products more than once a week. They may lessen the moisture and oil content.

5. Visit a hair care salon only on the basis of a referral from a trusted person. Selecting a salon simply because it is on the advertisements is not advisable.

6. Resist the idea of buying hair color that comes in a box.

7. Do not stick to a style that is outdated, though you feel change might be bad. As time goes on styles change, and with good reason too. Adopt a new style that keeps you in rhythm with the current trends.

8. Never use a clothes iron on your hair.  This practice went out with the 1970s. Straightening irons are widely available to properly style your hair.

9. Never brush your hair while it is wet.  Also, do not pull it.  Putting too much tension will cause the hair to break.  Wear no tight styles beyond a certain time if you do not have ethnic hair.

10. If you do not want a very short hair cut in the near future,  try to avoid lemon juice or spurious hair care products that are made to lighten hair with the sun.

Hair Care for Men

Hair care for men did not have a considerable share in the beauty industry till recently.  Now that the male sect has whole heartedly accepted its importance, men’s grooming centers are fast developing throughout the world.  But the availability of men’s hair care products is limited in the market.  It is because people still nourish the thought that men do not care much about their hair.

But there is hope.  Real men have already started realizing that grooming makes them more attractive to offer a challenge to females.  Metrosexuals can be considered as fine examples to this change. Men now are conscious about getting care for their appearance, including their hair.

The main part of male grooming is the face.  Hundreds of hair styles are available for men now.  Men insist on having the hair styles of their favorite celebrities.  Earlier, men used to apply gel on their hair to get the required style.  But these men are not bothered about the type of hair gel or pomade being used.  So many problematic situations originate here.  The need to men’s natural hair care, hair loss prevention tips, bald head care etc. are unanswered still.

Though the resources are limited, many ventures are in full swing heralding the fulfillment of needs of hair care for men.  Of course men deserve it.  Online resources have a big say on this because men shun going to their friends for hair tips.   They want to learn discreetly.  The importance of online resources lay here.  It will make them get proper advice to get access to products according to their requirements easily.

Hair Masks for Summer Hair Care

In summer, the hair becomes grungy and tricky.  You have to change the hair style and the hair care products according to the change of seasons.  More care has to be devoted to hair maintenance in summer than in any other season. The accumulated sweat during summer’s hot climate demands more attention to your hair than winter.

The hair is made up of protein and keratin.  Therefore, a high protein content diet helps your hair grow nice and thick.  It will also solve many of your hair problems.  If you take timely precautions, it will safeguard the growth of hair and will make your hair smooth, silky and shining.  Proper medication according to the necessity will make your hair free from dandruff.  Applying a suitable oil to your hair is also good and it will make it grow healthier.

A hair mask has a higher concentration level of nutrients than a conditioner. The moisture content in the hair mask will give additional benefit to your bad hair.  Using it once a month is better than using the conditioner frequently.

If the hair condition is bad, you are advised to apply the hair mask.  It helps to get more shine and appearance to your hair.  There are different brands of hair masks available in the market.  You can also prepare hair masks at home with natural ingredients. By using a hair mask, your hair would become more flexible and manageable.

Ingredients like honey, egg, almond, yogurt, olive oil etc, used as hair mask, will do wonders to your hair.  Fruits are also considered to be excellent hair masks.

Taking Care of Curly Hair

Many fascinating hair styles are seen in the hair style scenario. Curly hairstyles suit short hair, whereas, distinct styles are there to enhance hair from medium length to very lengthy ones and from formal occasions to informal occasions. The curls should be managed with utmost care and expertise.  Otherwise, you may not get the overall control of it.  A totally ruined version of the style will be the result.

You have to select the right hair care products to manage the style of your curly  or wavy hair.  Four types of curly hair products are available in the market.  There is one shampoo that enhances your curls and makes it very shiny.  The second one is a conditioner that is designed to lessen frizz and to enhance hair shine. Curly enhancer is the third curly hair product.  It will tighten your natural curls and does not make it frizzy. The last one is a curl controller, which gives curly or wavy hairstyles.  This product is used only on dry hair.

Always use a comb or a pick to give a style to your curly or wavy hair.  Brushes should not be used as they will make your curly hair frizz out. Loose curls can be made by scrunching your hair.  It is dried using a large hot roller after a bath. Wrapping your hair around a pencil and then drying it with a diffuser of small hot roller will create tighter curls.  Then finish it off with the use of a convenient hairspray.

How to Choose Proper Hair Care Products

In order to take care of our bodies we add good nutritious food in the diet, so that our health will be improved.  But many of us do not give much care to keep our hair healthy and good looking.  In order to have lavish hair, we must comprehend what kind of hair we have already got.  This awareness will enable us to find the corresponding hair care product that will be ideal for our hair.

You must identify, initially, what type of hair you have. Get to know whether it is thick or thin.  Or is it curly or straight?  Sometimes it may be short and oily.  Otherwise it may be dry hair, but long.  Whatever it is, identify it first.  Then only you could begin the treatment.

There are hundreds of hair care products in the market.  It will be really a task to find out a suitable one.  Selecting an applicable product means eliminating the unwanted products which do not serve the purpose.  It also explains how far you want to take care of your hair.  If the product you buy has high alcohol content, then it will harm your dry hair. Always concentrate on buying a practical hair are product.

You may find out a serum hair care product in the medical store, which can be used to treat curly hair, or you may get a thickening shampoo to treat your thin hair.  Apart from the treatment, the product should make your hair look graceful too.  Keep this in mind when you go for a hair care product.

Some are Hairy, Some are Bald…

Some are hairy, some are bald;
Some are scary, some are old.

A funny rhyme is a good thing to start speaking about rather serious things. This time it’s going to be hair growth cycle and its stages.

So why in the world do we have to take care of our hair? To go to hairdressers every month or so, to think of stunning hair styles on special occasions, to wash, comb and brush our hair? To smell and touch (if not to chew) it? And why do we pity the bald ones after all? Because it grows… and falls out. Yeap, it grows and falls out all the time. That’s what keeps the whole process going.

The common rate of hair growth is about a half of inch a month. All in all, there is about  a hundred thousand hairs growing on the average head. Hair grows from the dermal papilla (the bottom of the hair root), which produces new cells for hair growth. These cells are initially soft, but they are hardened as they come out to the scalp’s surface. Each hair usually has a life cycle of one to seven years. Why so? Because each hair follicle sooner or late enters a period of rest. And what actually happens at the moment is that the hair simply falls out forever. Yet to be replaced and regrown by another one, which is going to go through the same cycle of 1 to 7 years of growth.

In scientific terms, the growing stage of the hair is called anagen. The transitional stage when the hair follicle starts going to rest is called catagen (usually up to 2 weeks). The resting stage is called telogen (about 3 months). This is when we lose our hair. As a matter of fact, there is a constant daily loss of 50–100 hairs. Fortunately, not all follicles are in the telogen stage at the same time. Otherwise…

None are hairy, all are bald!

Types of Hair & Scalp Biology

As with three types of hair layers, there are also three types of hair that can be found on our bodies.

Amazingly, when we were even far from being born we already had hair on our skin. This hair is called lanugo hair and it is only found only on human fetuses. This is the thinnest type of all.

Another one is the so called vellus hair. It currently grows on our body. Comparing to lanugo hair, this type is a little bit thicker, but has the same structure.

Finally, terminal hair is the third type. It is the thickest and strongest of all and, as you have probably guessed, it makes up our heads of hair, beards and moustaches, eyebrows and lashes.

All our hair is dead, if we can put it so. Well, not really, of course. But what’s for sure is that it has no nerve endings inside. So it never hurts when our hair is cut through, ruled, treated, permed, bleached, dyed or whatever. Though, we can feel when somebody pulls our hair. What’s the trick here? The thing is that our hair is rooted in the scalp and it is more or less toughly sitting (how toughly – depends on the hair and scalp condition) in a small sack called the hair follicle. Nerve endings connected to the hair root unmistakably tell us when our hair is being pulled and whatever.

Everyone being cold or frigtened at least once had goose-flesh. This interesting experience can be explained by the activity of arrector pili muscles, which are attached to the hair root and squeeze together to pull the hair straight on such occasions.

One more thing that is found attached to the hair root and follicle is the sebaceous gland. The function of it is to produce natural oil (lubricant) for hair called sebum. When too much sebum is produced, the scalp and hair will be too greasy, and, on the contrary, too little sebum will make the hair and scalp dry and lifeless. We also know the unpleasant word seborrhea that stands for a headskin diosorder that affects the sebum gland.

Well, lets take a closer look at our scalp. Actually, it is has the outer and the inner layers. The epidermis is the outer, protective layer. As a matter of fact, it is constantly renewing and shedding itself. So, there is one more unpleasant word dandruff that stands for another disorder when the epidermiss is being renewed too excessively.

The dermis is an inner layer of the scalp that is thick and complex as regards its structure and constituents. In reality this is the place where all hair follicles, nerve endings, sebaceous and sweat glands, and blood capillaries and vessels are found. Our hearts pump blood that brings essential nutrients and oxygen to the dermis, while its blood capillaries and vessels push blood further into hair follicles to feed the dermal papilla. Here is a simple rule: the more blood goes towards the hair papilla, the more our hair will grow.